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Black Americans are overrepresented in the population of people experiencing homelessness compared to their share of the overall U.S. population.
Homelessness in the African American Community is Disproportionately High, with Causes Deeply Rooted in the Nation's Past
April Behnke
Announcements
Homelessness is disproportionately experienced among historically marginalized groups in the United States, but for Black Americans, the disparity is especially stark. In Chicago, for example, despite making up about 30% of the general population, according to the City of Chicago 2021 Homeless Point-in-Time Count & Survey Report, African A...
Youth Diversion Specialist Anthony Monterroso helps his clients identify the resources they already have which could help them quickly end their experiences of homelessness. 
The Night Ministry Pilots Program to Quickly End Youth Experiences of Homelessness
April Behnke
Announcements
From The Crib emergency overnight shelter to its transitional living programs that offer up to two years of supportive housing, The Night Ministry's Youth Housing Programs provide a continuum of care for young people who are struggling with homelessness. Now, a new diversion program piloted by the agency aims to quickly end the amount of time that ...
Members of the Loyola chapter of Chicago Street Medicine working with The Night Ministry at the CTA Blue Line stop in Forest Park.
Street Medicine Programs Collaborate to Improve Care for the Unsheltered
burke@thenightministry.org
Announcements
When The Night Ministry began piloting its street medicine approach six years ago, bringing health care services directly to individuals living in encampments, it was the first program of its kind in Chicago. Today, the agency's Street Medicine Team serves as a model and a hub in the burgeoning network of street-based medical outreach programs curr...
Community Spotlight: North Lawndale
April Behnke
Announcements
In commemoration of Black History Month, we are proud to launch a new series of posts spotlighting neighborhoods we play a part in across the city. Over the next few months, we'll share brief histories and voices from residents working to empower the communities they call home. February's focus is North Lawndale, the site of our Pathways ...
Youth Outreach Case Manager Allison Boyle and Lead Case Manager Michelle Thomas prepare to drop off supplies and a refurbished bike from Working Bikes to a client.
The Night Ministry’s Partnership with Local Nonprofit Working Bikes Empowers Youth Programs Clients
April Behnke
Announcements
The Night Ministry's Youth Programs help young adults experiencing homelessness fulfill basic needs such as housing, but they don't stop there. Case Managers equip residents with tools to help them thrive. One way they do so is by tapping into connections with local partners like Little Village-based nonprofit Working Bikes, an organization that re...
The Night Ministry is working to realize racial equity across its programs and departments.
The Night Ministry Engages in Dialogue and Examination to Foster Racial Equity
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Announcements
The Night Ministry is taking steps to realize racial equity in its day-to-day operations, a process which involves becoming an anti-racist organization. The agency's mission makes it imperative for The Night Ministry to take these steps, said Chief of Staff Traci Rivera. "We have a social responsibility to move things forward. Systemic racism and i...
Marcus, a client of the Health Outreach Program, with the COVID vaccination card he received after getting a booster shot from The Night Ministry.
COVID Continues to Create Barriers for Chicago’s Homeless Population
burke@thenightministry.org
Announcements
The temperature is dropping on an already cold January morning. Still, Marcus, a client of The Night Ministry's Health Outreach Program, has removed his coat and sweatshirt and pulled his arm out of his shirt sleeve so Stephan Koruba, The Night Ministry's Senior Nurse Practitioner, can give him a COVID vaccination booster. Marcus had lost his vacci...
The Night Ministry's mission is featured in The Chicago Sun-Times.
The Night Ministry in the News
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The Night Ministry's ongoing work to provide services to members of our community experiencing homeless as the COVID-19 pandemic continues is featured in a recent column by Neil Steinberg of The Chicago Sun-Times. ‘The need gets larger and larger’ - Chicago Sun-Times Overtaxed social service agencies struggle to cope with COVID-19 and help the city...
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President & CEO Paul Hamann Speaks with Hubbard Helps
burke@thenightministry.org
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The Night Ministry's President & CEO, Paul Hamann, spoke with Hubbard Helps, a program of Hubbard Radio about homelessness in Chicago, our impact in the community, the challenges of COVID, and more. This interview was first broadcast on January 9, 2022. 
Paul W. Hamann is the President & CEO of The Night Ministry
The Promise of a New Year: A New Year's Reflection by Our President & CEO
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December 31, 2021Dear Friend,Call me a sentimental optimist, but I still believe in the promise inherent in a new year. When hanging up a new wall calendar and swiping into the next year on my phone, I am excited by the opportunities 12 fresh months and 365 brand new days can bring. That sense of excitement is palpable here at The Night Ministry as...
Members of the National Junior Honor Society at Bucktown's Jonathan Burr Elementary School organize drives to support The Night Ministry.
Students at Jonathan Burr Elementary Give Back by Supporting The Night Ministry
April Behnke
Announcements
When The Night Ministry relocated its headquarters to Bucktown in summer 2020, the agency gained a generous neighbor in the Jonathan Burr Elementary School, whose students have made a habit of giving back. "Last year we were able to do a whole school food drive to help support The Night Ministry in the spring," said Middle School teacher Sarah Craw...
The definition of homelessness utilized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development precludes many from qualifying for vital services and resources.
Varying Definitions of Homelessness Impact Access to Services
April Behnke
Announcements
Who is identified as experiencing homelessness and who is not varies under federal definitions, and when interpretations of the term are strict, individuals and communities may be unable to access the resources they need. According to a recent report from the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH), the vast majority of those experiencing homeless...

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